The federal government has asked Dana Air, whose operations were suspended on Saturday, to resume services immediately, but has ordered that its aircraft which had technical problems should remain grounded until it is satisfied with the airworthiness of the aircraft by its manufacturer, Boeing.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Minister of Aviation, Joe Obi, the ministry said yesterday that its officials and those of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) met with officials of the airline and deliberated on safety issues and Dana’s operations.
Dana Air on Saturday had an incident involving one of its aircraft which recorded emergency landing in Abuja fully laden with passengers when its battery power exhausted, a situation that would have cut off all the electrical system in the aircraft.
Annoyed by the incident, the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah ordered the airline to suspend flight operation.
JD:There is more than meets the eye in this Dana issue.how can an airline’s license be suspended and lifted within a week.Was the issue n contention worth the suspension in the first place?was the suspension arbitrary?is that the normal procedure in an environmentrs where things are done properly?According to this story the suspension was ordered by the Minister “who got angry when there was reported battery failure in a Dana aircraft”.Do we have at the aviation top a round peg in a round hole?